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Wed. Duo: Georgia in the FT; Azerbaijan at Eurovision

We admit that we have a soft spot for Georgia, one of three ex-Soviet countries occupying Europe’s southeastern corner. We were thus quite happy to see the FT’s Special Report on Georgia in today’s paper, Quentin Peel’s article on tourism in Georgia in particular. Slowly, Georgia is readying itself to welcome greater tourist numbers, though, » Read more

Cheap Hotel Overview: Eastward, Cheapos!

Cheap Hotel Overview: Eastward, Cheapos!

While researching new listings for the upcoming EuropeanHostels.com relaunch, we found our jaws dropping at the concentration of cheap hotels in several cities in Eastern Europe. Here, a brief digest of three cities particularly well suited to cheap sleepers. Exhibit A: Budapest, which is just about neck and neck with Amsterdam in terms of cheap » Read more

Here Come the Balkans

Here Come the Balkans

The Balkans stretch from Croatia‘s Adriatic coast to Bulgaria‘s booming Black Sea resorts, and include cities from hip and brooding Belgrade to creative, chic Thessaloniki. The tourist infrastructure in the region is famously uneven, with Greece and Croatia among the easiest to navigate, and Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia among the most difficult. For a number » Read more

Vilnius City Break

Vilnius City Break

A good trip restores and refreshes. I’m especially refreshed today, after a week spent between Stockholm and Vilnius. While Stockholm is (delightfully) old hat—a place where metro connections between my friends’ apartments and the center of the city are seared into my brain—Vilnius was a new discovery. The capital of Lithuania is a beautiful place, » Read more

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